KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 3, 2014:
Reports that a permanent ceasefire has been brokered in eastern Ukraine might allow Malaysia access to the crash site of Malaysia Airlines MH17.
Although reports on the matter are sketchy, Defence Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein shared his hopes that it was true.
“Hope ceasefire in Ukraine is real #MH17 Pray we r able 2 find&bring back our remaining loved ones,” posted Hishammuddin on his Twitter account.
Hishammuddin also discussed with his senior special office Datuk Ahmad Ikmal Ismail regarding a post cabinet decision to send Malaysia’s secretary-general to Ukraine to secure access to the site on Friday.
MH17 departed from Schiphol Airport, Amsterdam, on July 17 but crashed 50km from the Ukraine-Russia border. All 298 on board, including 48 Malaysians, perished.
The area had been under almost constant conflict for months as battles raged between Ukrainian authorities and pro-Russian separatists.
After MH17 had gone down, Malaysian authorities were able to negotiate the handing over of the plane’s black boxes and investigators obtained temporary access to the site.
However, since then, hostilities had resumed.